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Tuesday, August 26, 2008


THE CAPTAIN REPORTS:




"The right of citizens of the United States to vote should not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

On August 26, 1920, 88 years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution became law.

Today, if we are lucky, three in ten will go to the polls and cast a vote. That, despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of American men and women have given their lives in the defense of freedom and so that you and I could go to the polls and vote.

In Australia, 95% of eligible voters cast a ballot. In Malta it's 94%, Austria 92%, Belgium 91%, Italy 90%, Luxembourg 90%, and eight more countries including Germany and the Czech Republic vote at levels of 85% or higher. But in the United States, we are proud when we get 56% to the polls for a presidential election.

If you do nothing else today, go to the polls and Vote.

The contested judicial elections are:

COUNTY COURT:

Group 42:
Lisa Lesperance vs. Norma Lindsey (I)

CIRCUIT COURT:

Group 11:
Jorge Cueto vs. Josie Perez Velis

Group 18:
Migna Sanchez-Llorens vs. Manny Segarra

Group 19:
Yvonne Colodny vs. Patricia Kopco vs. Stephen Millan

Group 38:
Mario Garcia vs. Stacy Glick

Group 50:
Ricardo Corona vs. Abby Cynamon

Group 51:
Marcia Caballero vs. Douglas Chumbley (I)

Group 55:
Jeri Beth Cohen (I) vs. Abbie Cuellar

Group 57:
Bernard Shapiro (I) vs. Denise Scanziani


We look forward to the returns later tonight and to Rumpole's live blogging from - the Pepsi Center?


CAPTAIN OUT ..........

8 comments:

Rechtsanwalt said...

I agree that the freedom to express is the necessity and the public should express by voting their pols rightly and the governments should make sure that more of the public comes to poll their votes without any hesitation or fear.

Anonymous said...

Only 56%? Be lucky it is not more. Most other countries have laws requiring citizens to vote. Low voter turnout means people really don't care about politics because it does not affect their lives. We have a name for the phenomenon when interest in matters political reaches a fever pitch: civil war. Imagine if people showed the same intensity about politics that they showed about the Super Bowl. I'll settle for apathy any day.

Anonymous said...

On the radio station that covers the Dolphins, during a live broadcast of the locker room player interviews after the game this weekend, I heard one player, I think it was Ricky Williams, who at the very end said something like "guys I'm tired, if you're all done it's shumie time and I'm outta here."

I nearly crashed my car.

Anonymous said...

my god please dont put bigduh sanchez on the bench. it will be great for us prosecutors but she really is so slow its embarassing.

Anonymous said...

the trialmaste has never seen so many bottomfeeders who can't make a living as a lawyer, and have little or none experience in trying cases running to be robed. The trialmaster, for the first time in decades will not be going to the polls. with the exception of bernie, there is no one worth voting for.

CAPTAIN said...

If nothing else, the campaigns of Shapiro & Scanziani have been hard at work doing one thing - getting their people to vote in the poll on this BLOG.

Every other race has between 360 and 420 votes, but the Shapiro Scanziani race has 560 votes.

Anonymous said...

Captain you forgot that out of all the nations you mention we America has more people in prisons that any other country. You cannot vote if you are in a 6x8 cell with bubba.

Anonymous said...

Actually Captain, I think you're jumping to conclusions. I have posted several times on that race. I'm no fan of Shapiro (I tried a case in front of him and thought he was weak as hell, but pleasant), but think the whole race game Scanziani is playing is despicable. YOU pointed all this stuff out and made this campaign an point of interest. So, I think it's absurd that you now think the extra attention being paid to it is because of the candidates' buddies.